40% REDUCTION in housing and EDA plans scrapped!
Cllr Dale Heenan, “Great news for local residents to start 2011 off on the right foot. On the 19th of January, the Cabinet is being asked to approve a new Core Strategy for Swindon for public consultation. The Core Strategy sets out Swindon’s approach towards housing and development across the town for the next 15 to 20 years.
The plans for the Eastern Development have been SCRAPPED! In their place is a new Eastern Villages approach which proposes to cut the number of houses by over 40%!
Local residents and Council Officers are well aware of my views of inappropiate development, and for me those two words summed up the EDA. Whille some people accepted the idea of over 12.000 houses to the East of the A419 and say the issue was how to mitigate problems for Coleview, Covingham and Nythe residents, I was always pushed for the plans to be challenged, This new level is much better and more appropiate, but it is certainly not the end of the fight.
The issues of flooding and transport are still to be resolved, but these have been explictly accepted as core areas to tackle before ANY development is allowed.
Personally, I can’t see any plans for the Eastern villages being submitted by developers for atleast another five years, but I will not sit back and rest”